Turkish coffee and espresso are arguably one of the oldest styles of preparing coffee. Though they both hail from in and around Europe, there’s quite a fine difference between the two and Turkish coffee and espresso are both worth trying.
Note: Turkish coffee goes REALLY well with Turkish delight or dates, and you can even try some Arabic coffee instead
How Turkish Coffee is made
Turkish coffee is made in a very traditional manner using a small stovetop pot called a cezve.
This is typically a small pot with a long handle that you heat on the stove itself. To make Turkish coffee, you add coffee grounds(traditionally Yemeni Mocha coffee) to water and stir it in the pot, and allow the water to come to a boil.
The pot is traditionally made from copper, but modern ones are made of ceramic or stainless steel and they work well too.
If you want, you can also add sugar from beforehand, since Turkish coffee is very strong and intense. That’s why people like to take a bite of Turkish Delight or a date and then take a sip of coffee.
Once the mixture boils and starts to froth, you remove it from the heat and pour it into cups. You can make 2-3 cups from a single cezve, and immediately put some more coffee to brew.
Turkish coffee is very easy to make for multiple people as you can brew a lot in a very short time.
There are a few different types of Turkish coffee:
- Sade: sugar-less
- Az sekerli: with a little bit of sugar
- Orta sekerli: a bit more sugar
- Cok sekerli: with lots of sugar!
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How Espresso is made
Espresso, on the other hand, is made by forcing pressurized steam through coffee grounds. Unlike Turkish coffee, you will need a specialized tool to make espresso. Modern espresso machines are quite fancy, but you can also use something simple like a moka pot or an Aeropress to simulate similar pressure.
Once you have an espresso shot ready you can either drink it straight up, or add foamed milk in different volumes to make lattes, macchiatos, or cappuccinos.
Espresso machines typically brew just one shot at a time, so it is more time consuming than Turkish coffee, though the volume produced is quite similar for a single shot, about 1 to 2 ounces.
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Turkish Coffee Vs Espresso: Caffeine
Since we’re talking about almost the same volume of coffee in Turkish Coffee and espresso, the amount of caffeine is quite similar and will only vary mainly due to the kind of roast that you use.
A darker roast, typically used in espressos, has lost a lot of the caffeine through roasting, and the quick brew of the coffee in the espresso machine does not extract much caffeine either.
Turkish coffee uses a lighter roast and since the water is in contact with the coffee for longer, more caffeine is extracted.
If you use the same grounds, the amount of caffeine will be quite similar, between 50-70 mg of caffeine per 1.5 fl oz shot.
Turkish Coffee Vs Espresso: Grind
Turkish coffee is ground much, much finer than your typical pour over coffee, and even more so than espresso, which has a pretty fine grind itself.
Espresso is a very fine grind, and Turkish coffee is one level finer, like a soft powder, almost the consistency and feel of flour.
Most roasters give you the option of shipping beans to you ground into espresso consistency but I don’t think very many offer the service to grind to Turkish Coffee consistency.
On the flip side, you can get pre-packaged Turkish Coffee but you won’t have much control on how freshly ground it was.
Most regular grinders won’t be able to ground fine enough for Turkish Coffee so you’ll definitely need a proper burr grinder to get the grounds into the smooth powder required.
Turkish Coffee Vs Espresso: Taste
Finally, we come to taste! What does espresso taste like, and what does Turkish coffee taste like?
Turkish coffee has a very rich froth thanks to the boiling and it has an intense, rich, and dark flavor. Since it’s not filtered, you’ll get a whole bunch of textures throughout the cup. It will start frothy, then gradually get muddier and grittier – but not in a bad way.
Since the grounds are so fine they’ll actually enhance the texture and experience of drinking Turkish coffee. It’s also meant to be sipped and consumed slowly and gradually.
Espresso on the other hand is a shot and once it gets cool enough just to hold it down and you down it in a single gulp. It’s strong, clear, and refreshing.
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